It is a touching story, and it is written more to convince
than to tell. I am not convinced. No way, not at all. Not at all. (1.8.13)
James is talking
about the story of the founder of AA here. He doesn't believe the man's
addition-to-recovery tale. Is that a little ironic? Someone who doesn't
tell the truth criticizing someone else for not telling the truth?
Remember the truth. It is all that matters. (1.8.204)
James says this after
imagining a pretty grim obituary for himself that doesn't include anything
positive in it at all. He seems to think that "Truth" is synonymous
with "only the bad stuff."
Life is hard, Kid, you gotta be harder […] There is an anger
and there is a hardness and there is a resolve. (1.8.405)
Leonard speaks what
James believes is the truth, and that's why James follows him instead of the
Twelve Steps. Leonard's philosophy is the truth, and as James said above, that's
all that matters.
Were I in my normal frame of mind, I would stand up, point
my finger, scream Fraud, and chase this Chump Motherf***er down and give him a
Lies make James
really angry. He should be glad that Oprah didn't feel the same way about him,
or he might have been beaten to death in the parking lot by a mob of angry
The truth is all that matters. This is f***ing heresy.
It would be
irresponsible of us to suggest a <em>Million
Little Pieces </em>drinking game, but seriously, if you took a drink
every time James talked about the paramount important of the truth, you'd need
to go to rehab yourself before the book was over. Why is he is so insistent
about the truth?
They ring true and that is all that matters the truth.
Take another drink!
(Not really.) James says this after reading four poems in the Tao Te Ching. A few
years later, Frey was more into the idea that truth is subjective, but here, he
kind of seems to be labeling his own beliefs "the truth."
Bobby, like all Liars confronted, is instantly defense and
instantly mad. (2.4.202)
Now James has taken
it upon himself to call out anyone he deems a liar. Do you think Bobby is
actually telling the truth about his mobster past, or has he been seen through
by another liar?
[The kiss] is more, open, deeper, full, simpler, true. It is
more. True. (2.4.537)
If kissing a
recovering crack fiend in the woods isn't true, we don't know what is. For
James, this is true love, which again, makes us wonder if he even understands
what truth actually is.
I've read the Bible. It didn't ring true to me. (3.1.109)
That's irony right
there. Many people read this book and it didn't ring true to them, either. But
there also a lot of people who read the book (including Oprah) for whom the
book<em> did</em> ring
true. Maybe "truth" doesn't matter. Maybe what matters is whether you're
willing to believe or not?
Each page seems as if it takes an hour. As I move through
them, I feel better and I feel worse. (4.3.109)
No, James isn't
reading <em>For Better or For Worse
</em>from the funny pages; he's reading his inventory: an honest
account of every bad thing he's ever done in his life. There are <em>a lot</em> of pages, and
the truth of all that awfulness hurts... but it also feels good to get it out.